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game recap

Buffalo Sabres 1, Ottawa Senators 7 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) _ The Buffalo Sabres have given the Ottawa Senators trouble all season long. For five minutes Saturday night, it looked as if they would do it again.

After Adam Mair gave the Sabres the lead at 4:15 of the first period, the Senators turned up the pressure and scored seven unanswered goals in a 7-1 victory. Bryan Smolinski had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa move into a tie for the points lead in the NHL.

Wade Redden, Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara and Peter Bondra each added a goal and an assist as the Senators caught the Philadelphia Flyers, who also have an NHL-best 84 points.

``It's good, we'd love to score seven goals every night,'' Smolinski said after the Senators beat the Sabres for the first time in five attempts this season. ``We caught them after they had to play last night.''

Chris Neil also scored, Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza each added a pair of assists, and Patrick Lalime made 14 saves for the Senators, who have earned points in 20 straight home games.

``Buffalo's played us tough,'' Fisher said. ``We didn't hold back.''

Senators coach Jacques Martin needs one victory to become the 14th to reach 400 wins. He'll try for the milestone when the teams meet again in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Adam Mair scored for Buffalo, which lost for its fourth straight. The Sabres trail the eighth-place New York Islanders by eight points in the race for the final playoff spot in the East.

Mika Noronen stopped 26 shots, but the Sabres fell to 2-1-2 against the Senators this season one night after losing at home to the Islanders.

``We started well, we got the first goal and, after that, they kept coming,'' Noronen said. ``From my point of view, I let in one or two easy goals and we couldn't bounce back.''

Sabres defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick left the game in the first period with an apparent knee injury and didn't return. His status wasn't immediately known.

``We were down to five defensemen and there were some matchups that were in their favor,'' Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said.

Recent free-agent signing Rob Ray made his return to the NHL with Ottawa. The Senators needed toughness so they added the 35-year-old forward on Feb. 15 before assigning him to Binghamton of the AHL for conditioning.

He replaced the flashy Martin Havlat, who served the first of a two-game suspension for high-sticking Philadelphia's Mark Recchi on Thursday.

However, it was Neil, who took an early penalty. Just seconds after it expired, Mair deflected Henrik Tallinder's shot from the point past Lalime to make it 1-0.

Noronen had to make several good stops to maintain the lead until Alfredsson tied it in the final minute of the first period.

The Senators then scored three unanswered goals in the second, including two in a 32-second span, as they out shot the Sabres 16-5.

Redden scored while Buffalo's Taylor Pyatt served a four-minute penalty for high-sticking midway through the period. Smolinski and Chara then struck in quick succession.

``The first period was a battle and the usual game when we play Buffalo,'' Martin said. ``After the first, we got some good pressure ... then kind of got going in the second.''

Bondra scored his second goal since being acquired from Washington, and Hossa and Neil tallied in the third.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:15
BUF
Adam Mair (3) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Tallinder (6), Rory Fitzpatrick (7)
1 - 0 BUF
19:16
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (17), Mike Fisher (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:18
OTT
PPG - Wade Redden (14) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Spezza (27), Marian Hossa (41)
2 - 1 OTT
16:14
OTT
Bryan Smolinski (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Wade Redden (22)
3 - 1 OTT
16:46
OTT
Zdeno Chara (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Smolinski (21), Daniel Alfredsson (39)
4 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
05:40
OTT
Peter Bondra (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Smolinski (22), Zdeno Chara (21)
5 - 1 OTT
07:41
OTT
Marian Hossa (28) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (3), Peter Bondra (17)
6 - 1 OTT
16:08
OTT
Chris Neil (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (28)
7 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking - Obstruction against  Curtis Brown
10:51
OTT
Shaun Van Allen  Hooking - Obstruction
19:42
OTT
Shaun Van Allen  Hooking against  Andy Delmore
2nd Period
02:49
BUF
Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Karel Rachunek
04:51
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hi-sticking against  Peter Bondra
08:44
BUF
Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Josh Langfeld
08:44
BUF
Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Josh Langfeld
19:21
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Roughing against  Dmitri Kalinin
19:21
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin  Roughing against  Peter Schaefer
3rd Period
00:44
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Hooking - Obstruction against  Peter Bondra
03:35
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Derek Roy
09:16
BUF
Andrew Peters  Charging against  Antoine Vermette
16:35
OTT
Robert Ray  Roughing against  J-P Dumont
18:42
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Robert Ray
18:42
OTT
Robert Ray  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
goalie stats
Mika Noronen
SA: 33TOI: 59:54
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .788SH: 2 - 2
Patrick Lalime
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 14EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0